Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Standing On The Trunk

Another wooden trunk between some old rice fields, this one controls the flow of water from the canal in the foreground to the impoundment behind that dike. This set of trunks was replaced last year and only this side has the full pivoting door mechanism.

Grackle, Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk
Grackle, Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk

I knelt down to get the next image, where you can see open water in the impoundment on the other side.  The grackle and the Tricolored Heron had moved on and the juvenile night heron took that opportunity to claim a post.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Tricolored Heron Showing How It Is Done: Fishing on the Fly

This wooden trunk is the conduit for the canal water under the road between some old rice field impoundments, not far from where Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

Just before I took this series the Tricolored Heron nabbed a fish then landed back on the trunk support.

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

I waited, and waited then finally!

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

All that skittering on the water surface is from fish trying not to be lunch.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

Unfortunately he flew close to the canal edge and I couldn’t get out far enough to keep the grass from interfering with my shot.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

This time the heron kept flying down the canal with his catch.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

This canal runs along side an old rice field impoundment and on this morning it was hopping with little fish.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

A Snowy Egret was showing off how to catch breakfast while keeping your wings dry.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

They swallow as they go so it’s hard to say if he was successful.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Let’s try this again…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Drag your toes in the water… then a face plant…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Then liftoff!

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

The Alligator was just a bonus.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Feeding Pool: Snowy Egret Dancing on Water, Another Set

Aerobatic skill, a la Snowy Egret. These are from January…not much I can say about them but it sure was fun to watch.

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water- Ibis, Tricolored Heron, Roseate Spoonbill

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

 

Snowy Egret Dancing on Water
Snowy Egret Dancing on Water

Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide Mud

This single Roseate Spoonbill was wading in the mud of a tidal creek.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The tide had actually made the turn and at this point the water was only shifting around a little.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Spoonbills have a very narrow range of water depth  where they can feed, having to do with their rather awkward anatomy.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill, Walking Away

This spot seemed to be just right

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 31, 2022

Green Heron – Dead Branch, 2 Lenses, Part 2

Part 1 featured images of this Green Heron cropped square, endeavoring to show the bird framed by the dead branch.

Here are some other shots showing off the Heron, and that gnarly stick, a bit more.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

A little different angle, closer in on the bird, but unfortunately without those puffy white clouds.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm, at 300mm

I waited in vain for the Heron to turn the other way for a different composition. I was repositioning, watching where I was putting my feet, and the bird flew off.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm, at 225mm

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 7, 2022

Green Heron – Dead Branch, 2 Lenses

I had my Canon 100mm Macro and Canon 100-400mm lenses with me on a recent trip to Magnolia Cemetery. A Green Heron hanging out on a dead branch gave me an opportunity to use both.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

I was trying to frame the entire shot with the branch but other hanging vegetation nixed that idea. These  images are all cropped square for the most interesting compositions.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

Puffy white clouds added a nice element.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm at 100mm

I was able to edit this final image taken with the 100-400mm lens in Lightroom to lighten the limb and the bird a bit. Interestingly, the same edit on the images with the 100mm lens had a very unnatural looking result.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm at 100mm

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 7, 2022

Green Heron, Close Up

We were on the boardwalk that goes around Audubon Swamp and this Green Heron was scouting in a fallen tree just below us.

Green Heron
Green Heron

He checked out all the branches.

Green Heron
Green Heron

He was so close to the edge it was hard to get a clear view.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I expected him to fly off…

Green Heron
Green Heron

…instead he went out into the open for a full body shot before resuming his hunting.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 4, 2022